Following on from our last blog post, with effect from 1 July 2013 the time period for bringing a judicial review (JR) in respect of decisions under the planning acts has been reduced from three months to six weeks after the grounds to make the claim first arose (usually the grant of planning permission).
In addition, where permission to proceed with a JR has been refused and “recorded as totally without merit”, the claimant will not be able to have the decision reconsidered through an oral hearing. Any appeal to the Court of Appeal of that decision will also be considered on the papers alone without an oral hearing.
The change to the time peiod only applies to decisions where the grounds of claim arose on or after 1 July 2013. In addition, the changes regarding oral hearings do not apply to claims for JR where the claim form was filed before 1 July 2013.